HC Deb 27 May 1952 vol 501 cc128-9W
48. Mr. F. Willey

asked the President of the Board of Trade what action he proposes to take in view of the reduction in the number of people employed in the factories administered by the North Eastern Trading Estates Limited.

Mr. H. Strauss

Since 5th January, 1952, the number of men and boys employed in these factories has increased by 188 and the number of women and girls has fallen by 566. The total number employed is about 1,136 more than a year ago, and the rate of unemployment at 2.9 per cent. is below the rate of the Development Areas as a whole. My right hon. Friend will watch the position carefully in consultation with my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of Labour.